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A Remembrance Day Song

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I was inspired to write this song after accompanying my Veteran father on a week long Pilgrimage to visit World War Two Cemeteries around Monte Cassino in Italy, where allied soldiers from many countries were laid to rest or remembered. I was part of a group of eighty Veterans, family and friends.

Each cemetery visit ended with a short Service of Remembrance. I witnessed many moving scenes. For most Veterans and relatives, this was their first and for many their last visit.

I was asked to make a video record of re-enactments of various people laying a wreath on the graves of their loved ones. I also shot a general video record of the full trip and everyone received copies.

While editing the video, I watched these moving scenes over and over again.
The whole experience had a profound effect. I had to write this song.

I hope it becomes popular with Remembrance Day Service organisers.
The greatest interest in the song (on my YouTube page) has been from Canada, with the 40 to 60 year old group making up about 50%. The other 50% is mostly teenagers who are probably working on school projects for Remembrance Day.

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Note: most of the images in the slide show are not from my Italy trip.

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